Chesteshwar Pujara has been phenomenal for India when it comes to touring abroad: Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh has heaped praise on Cheteshwar Pujara, saying that he has been phenomenal for India while playing in overseas conditions.

Cheteshwar Pujara (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pujara has made his way back into the Indian Test team squad
  • Harbhajan praised the right-handed batter for his stint in County cricket
  • The former Indian spinner feels that Pujara’s contributions often go unnoticed

Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has praised Cheteshwar Pujara, saying that the right-handed batter has been phenomenal for India while they’re playing matches abroad.

Pujara had found himself out of the Test squad for the home Test series against Sri Lanka, owing to a string of poor performances. However, the 34-year-old decided to use his time away from the national team by going to England and playing in the County championship for Sussex.

He achieved great success with the county side and many praised him for taking the decision to go to England, with the latest one being Singh.

The World Cup winner, during a discussion with Sportskeeda, praised Pujara for heading over to England and also pointed out that at times his contributions to the team go unnoticed.

“He has been playing continuously in English conditions. Though you might say that in County cricket, the quality of bowlers is not like in international cricket, yes in county cricket also you encounter one or two bowlers, who play international cricket. It’s good to see Pujara picked this option to go and play County. He was in good form there. His contribution has always been there. When we went to Australia, he had a big contribution though people talk less about him,” said Singh.

The former Indian spinner continued by saying that even in England, no one has done a better job than Pujara and he makes it easier for his fellow batters.

“In England alsowhenever there is need to take the shine off the ball, to score runs and to hold one end, nobody has done the job better than Pujara. Talwar unke upar latak gayi thi. It was like ‘Drop him, others are playing alright’ which I thought was wrong. Pujara has been phenomenal for Team India when it comes to touring abroad because he doesn’t get out, he makes it easier for others, he takes the shine off the ball. That’s the reason India have won so many games abroad,” said Singh.

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